The graduation of the year 2013 is knocking on the door and only a few tens of hours remain for the preparation for the English test. So today we are going to look at how to write another graduation style: review.
1. Make sure we have enough information about the topic
Review is a stylistic formation on the border between journalistic and professional style. Despite the fact that the reviews have recently been written in a journalistic style, we should not forget that it is based on a professional style.
Therefore, we should know something about what we are reviewing. It’s hard to write a review of a book on nuclear physics when we don’t know what nuclear physics is doing. First, we make sure that we are able to write about the topic.
2. Introducing the reviewed object
Each review must have an introduction where the reader will present the work. At the beginning we pretend that the reader knows nothing about the work. Therefore, we will mention authors, genre, year of publication, or other important information. If it is an epic work – fiction or film – we will summarize the basic storyline.
3. We divide the text logically
A review like any other stylistic unit needs to be logically divided into paragraphs. The review offers breakdowns for positive and negative points. However, everyone can divide the job as it suits. Let’s say we stick to the classical scheme. In that case, for example, in the first paragraph, we highlight the pros of the work. And on the other hand, what we didn’t like.
4. We reserve enough space for our opinion
The review is a subjective body, therefore we present our own opinion on the work. We can use terms like “I think”, “it seems to me”, “when I compare it with” and so on.
5. Use technical terms
At the same time, if it is within our knowledge, the review uses the use of technical terms from the field of the reviewed work. So if we are reviewing a film, it is not a matter of talking about editing, depth of field or the script.
6. The point as the icing on the cake
Finally, we will conclude our work, where we will summarize all the essential ideas and conclude the work logically. It is not necessary, but at the end we can add one pointed sentence that closes the whole work masterfully or sums up the whole work.
For example, if we review the Lars von Trier movie we liked, we can say, “After seeing the Melancholia movie, I can quite openly say that Lars von Trier is, at least for me, the new Fellini.”
After reading this manual, you should be able to write a review on any topic. Just be careful if you really understand everyone. Because his ignorance is the only thing that could stop you in the attack on Friday!